Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick talks his bobbled onside kick during Sunday's NFC championship game, in the Packers locker room. (Monday, Jan. 19) H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Brandon Bostick has played the moment over in his mind repeatedly. The result doesn't change.
In trying to make a play, the Green Bay Packers tight end relinquished his blocking assignment and went for the ball on a Seattle onside kick in the final minutes of Sunday's 28-22 NFC championship game collapse.
With Jordy Nelson steps behind him, the ball bounced free of Bostick's hands and into the arms of the Seahawks receiver Chris Matthews, who made the recovery
It wasn't Green Bay's only breakdown but it was the most obvious. Four plays later, Seattle scored to take its first lead of the game with a little more than a minute left in regulation.
"I'm human. I made a mistake," Bostick said. "But if I would've made the play, we wouldn't have been in this (situation) or if I would've made the block, we wouldn't be talking about this. But it's over now, so I'll just try my best to get over it."
Bostick said many of his teammates, including receiver Randall Cobb, were supportive on the sideline.
Those words of encouragement helped in the wake of a lot backlash on social media.
"It definitely means a lot," Bostick said. "I'm at a low point right now. The whole world is on my back about this thing, but my teammates are here to pick me up. They know it's just a mistake, and they've been on my side."
Bostick, who faced the media after Sunday's game and again Monday morning as the team cleared out of the locker room at Lambeau Field, added that he probably won't turn on his TV for a while or watch the Super Bowl.
The second-year tight end will travel back home to South Carolina after his exit interviews wrap up.
Once he gets there, he'll attempt to turn his attention to next season, however difficult that they be.
"I haven't even set any goal for the offseason," Bostick said. "I'm just trying to deal with this. I'll just move on from it, come back here and just work hard and just try to put that behind me."